Times Running Out for Powerball And Mega Millions in IL

Times Running Out for Powerball And Mega Millions in IL

Times Running Out for Powerball And Mega Millions in IL

In 2015, almost 4,000 people saw claims that totaled more than $112 million delayed (though they were eventually paid out), according to the Illinois Lottery.

"I don't see how it should affect me, I mean I really think they need to do their job and pass a budget" said Sharp. Sales will resume whenever state lawmakers send along the money.

The state of IL hasn't passed a budget for two straight years, has $15 billion in unpaid bills and owes a quarter-trillion dollars to public employees.

Illinois Lottery officials say Powerball ticket sales in Illinois will be suspended at 9 p.m. Thursday, just ahead of the drawing.

IL state lottery officials suspended Powerball ticket sales, and Mega Millions is expected to stop on Friday.

In 2015, the state lottery didn't get the funding it needed until December.

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In 2015, almost 3,900 lottery payouts totaling more than $112 million were delayed.

IL lottery officials spoke to FOX 32 by phone, calling this a temporary change.

Other lottery games will still be played, but authorities said that payments for winnings more than $25,000 could be delayed. The lottery charged at the time that it lost up to $71.5 million in revenues.

"Players should be confident knowing the Illinois Lottery has the money to pay these winning claims", Illinois Lottery acting Director Greg Smith said.

A lack of funding for the 2018 fiscal year will also stop the sale of Mega Millions tickets in IL effective Friday at 9:45 p.m. What's more, anyone who wins any prize of $25,000 or more will have to wait to collect the money.

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